Spiders eat other insects, so protecting your home from other types of insects and keeping a tidy home can often times be the first line of defense against spiders indoors. There are several steps you can take as a homeowner to help prevent a spider infestation in the home.
Tips for Indoors
Remove clutter inside the home, like piles of laundry, storage boxes, containers or stacks of books and toys. This ensures spiders have less places in which to hide.
Thoroughly vacuum any areas where spiders or spider webs are found using the wand attachment to ensure you get all the small cracks and crevices.
Keep pet food tightly covered and don't leave food bowls out all day.
Tips for Outdoors
Take your broom and sweep down any webs you see around your house paying special attention to the eaves of the house.
Seal all exterior cracks as best as possible paying special attention to doorways, window casings, basement walls and door frames.
Trim back trees, bushes or other vegetation that can be found touching the walls of the home.
Remove piles of wood or rotting leaves and other vegetation from around the foundation of the home.
Keep trash bins away from the house, spiders will often lurk near them in hopes of preying on other insects.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.
North Carolina is home to dozens of species of spiders. While most species of spiders are relatively harmless, two poisonous species are common in the Tar Heel state, the black widow and the brown recluse spider.